Department

Plastic Surgery Montana Plastic Surgery Center

The Great Falls Clinic is pleased to announce, as of March 1, 2019, the affiliation of the Montana Plastic Surgery Center and Dr. Antonio Santin with the Great Falls Clinic. This alliance will enhance coordination of healthcare and will improve access for those patients considering Plastic, Reconstructive or Aesthetic surgery and services for Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat). Dr. Santin has been a practicing surgeon in the Great Falls community for over 23 years and is looking forward to beginning his partnership with the Great Falls Clinic in an effort to expand services provided to the community.

If you’re a current patient, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to fulfill your aesthetic surgery needs.  If you’re a new visitor, we look forward to meeting you and exploring the wonderful options available for enhancing your natural beauty through plastic surgery.

Our desire is to provide you with the finest personalized care, while creating beautiful, natural results that turn your dreams into reality. We genuinely hope that you will discover more about our practice, the many cosmetic enhancement procedures and treatments available to you, and other useful information that will answer questions you might have about plastic surgery and the services we can provide.

We would also like to hear from you, so please contact us via telephone or email with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.

Frequently Asked Questions

All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons.  Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation go smoothly.  We carefully review your medical history and current health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with surgery.  It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved.  We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.

There several important factors that come into play when deciding whether plastic surgery is the right option for you.  One of the most important factors is your health.  Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery.  Next, you need to ask yourself what your motivations are.  People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem.  Thirdly, you should have realistic expectations.  Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect.  Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.

It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation.  This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance.  In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than once.  However, having too much done at one time can lead to complications.  The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health.  Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.

Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation.  People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery.  There are even procedures appropriate for young children!  It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery.  Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process.  What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another.  We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.

During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you.  This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery.  We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging.  When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.

Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual.  Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks.  If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time.  Your scars will fade over time but are permanent.  We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all.  The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look.  When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.

Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery.  For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast augmentation to reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy; breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts; eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision; nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better; or tummy tucks to remedy the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis.  Insurance providers are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery and any cosmetic operations necessary to create symmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required.  We will be happy to assist you with the process.

The issue of breast implant safety has been a hot topic throughout the last few decades.  As a result, more stringent standards have emerged in order to protect patients.  Current breast implant procedures primarily use silicone shell implants filled with a saline solution.  Occasionally, silicone-gel filler is used; but this is highly regulated by the FDA, and generally only acceptable in reconstructive surgery procedures.  Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak.  With saline implants, the saline is safely absorbed into the body.  The effect of silicone-gel leaking into the body is still being researched.  If rupture or leaking is detected early, the implant can be easily replaced.  Other possible complications from breast implant surgery may include blood clotting or pooling, overly sensitive breasts or loss of sensation in the breasts, and capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant).  Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation a smooth one.  We take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.

The Great Falls Clinic provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters
  • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages

If you need these language services, please contact Vickie Keith at 406-216-8051 for assistance. You may also contact the following individuals:

  • Great Falls Clinic – Lori Henderson, Director of Nursing – 406-771-3319
  • Great Falls Clinic Hospital – Rachel Pahut, Director of Nursing – 406-216-8059
  • Great Falls Clinic Surgery Center – Alice Schultz, Director of Nursing – 406-771-3057

If you believe we have failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disibility, or sex, you can file a grievance with the Directors of Nursing or Haley Denzer, Chief Administrative & Compliance Officer – 406-454-2171.

Services
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Body Lift
  • Botox and Dermal Filler Treatments (including Restylane and Juvederm)
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Chemical Peels
  • Chin and Cheek Implants
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repairs
  • Craniofacial Resconstructions
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tubes
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Face Lift
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Lesion Removals
  • Liposuction
  • Nose Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Tonsillectomies
Department Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact This Department
Montana Plastic Surgery Center
1600 9th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-727-6363

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